The real unemployment figures are a joke as well. Once someones benefits run out you are taken off the lists as not looking for work therefore not unemployed. That's ludicrous, people don't stop looking for work when their benefits run out. The problem with investors is that in the drive to increase profits they have been putting their customer base out of work. Totally automated factories will work for the first few that go that route but once it becomes the norm you have low cost high capacity production with no one to purchase it.
You are correct however. Government figures are worthless. In 2012 I've seen grocery prices go up between 24-100% depending on the item.